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On 6/20/2014, President Obama initiated a nationwide "Pollinator Health Task Force" that is dedicated to combating the severe losses sustained by honey bees and other major pollinators. In a Presidential Memorandum released by the Office of the Press Secretary, the President calls on the EPA to reassess the use of dangerous pesticides with a focus on their affect on pollinators. Tell the EPA to take this presidential mandate seriously and ban the use of deadly pesticides!
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It's long been known that Earth's honey bee population is decreasing at an alarming rate. The fact is, much of our natural ecosystem depends on the processes involved with bee pollination, and if this pollination cannot happen, many of our crops — from broccoli to strawberries — will be in grave peril.

In fact, honey bee deaths are reaching a critical point, whereby it may not be possible to reverse the damage. The good news is that much of the population decline can be attributed to reversible human actions, including the use of neonicotinoids, insecticides chemically related to nicotine that cause honeybees, bumblebees, and beneficial ladybugs to literally drop dead.

We can afford insects eating our plant life; but we simply cannot afford a decimation of the honey bee. Write to the EPA asking that these immensely harmful pesticides are outlawed.

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Dear Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe:

If we don't act now to save Earth's honey bee population, we could reach a critical point of no return. You see, the planet's honey bees have been in steady decline for several years now — climate change, parasites, habitat loss are all contributors. Some of these issues are going to be difficult to tackle, but there's one catalyst that humans can act on right now.

Bees are dying in large numbers as a result of the use of certain neonicotinoids to treat our crops over the past decade. Previously thought to be non-toxic to these precious pollinators, more recent peer-reviewed studies have linked the proliferation of neonicotinoids to a decrease in queen production and an increase in "disappeared" bees, the ones that never return to the hive from their foraging trips.

While insect pests are detrimental to our crops, the loss of our honey bees would be catastrophic. We can handle some less-than-ideal produce. But we can't handle a total decimation of our food supply as a result of lack of bee pollination.

You have the power to save our nation's food supply. Don't let this opportunity slip away: outlaw the use of the neonicotinoids killing our honey bees.

Petition Signatures

Jan 28, 2015 Stacy Manuel
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Monica Hancock
Jan 27, 2015 Mariah Oyondi
Jan 26, 2015 cindy stein We can't handle a total decimation of our food supply as a result of lack of bee pollination
Jan 26, 2015 Robin Acton
Jan 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 24, 2015 Ashley Schoneweis Quite simple, if the bees die we die. This is something we can not play god with and try to fix. We need to stop using the harmful chemicals.
Jan 24, 2015 Meghan Trew
Jan 24, 2015 Ruth Witmer
Jan 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 23, 2015 Isabelle Jacques
Jan 23, 2015 alain parnell
Jan 23, 2015 Lynn Webber
Jan 23, 2015 Ed Feraco
Jan 23, 2015 Arron Kerns
Jan 23, 2015 Elizabeth Stephens
Jan 23, 2015 Joseph Lavine
Jan 23, 2015 Lukas Garcia
Jan 23, 2015 Gabriel Garcia
Jan 23, 2015 Zachary Garcia
Jan 23, 2015 Gudrun Garcia
Jan 22, 2015 Allyn Stoller
Jan 21, 2015 Gabriele Obkirchner The bees die, we die. Why is that so hard to understand?
Jan 20, 2015 anne picke'
Jan 20, 2015 Don Brisebois Bee Good!
Jan 20, 2015 micki schindler If the bee goes, we all go.
Jan 20, 2015 Roger Murphy
Jan 20, 2015 Lindsay Archambault
Jan 20, 2015 Doris Schwar
Jan 20, 2015 Linda Warren Monsanto et al place profits over people & planet . Our Bee Killers are also climate change deniers . Is there any hope for earth ?
Jan 20, 2015 Lynda Colter-Bergh Will we reach and surpass the tipping point before we take this seriously? I hope not.
Jan 20, 2015 Julie Pitman
Jan 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2015 hannah wilson
Jan 19, 2015 Judith Fleming
Jan 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2015 Laura Larsen
Jan 19, 2015 Sharon Hougardy
Jan 19, 2015 Victoria G. Marshall
Jan 19, 2015 michael berryhill Your gonna kill us all
Jan 19, 2015 kelley hukle-vankirk
Jan 19, 2015 mary lababidi This IS Important!!!!
Jan 19, 2015 Michael Lee Without the Bees, YOU are dead.
Jan 19, 2015 Linda S Robertson Stop your shortsighted greed and malicousness!!! Stop using neonicotinoids and any other pesticides that kill bees.
Jan 19, 2015 Arianne Bär
Jan 19, 2015 Carol Buckenham
Jan 19, 2015 Phyllis wemhaner Please take this mandate seriously, without this pollinator, food crops for humans will be in jeopardy.
Jan 19, 2015 Matthew Christensen We need our bees!

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